Gloves’ use by healthcare workers to prevent cross transmission

Added June 2, 2020

Citation: Picheansathian W, Chotibang J. Glove utilization in the prevention of cross transmission: a systematic review. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports 2015;13(4):188-230

What is this? Gloves are used as part of personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect against the spread of infections, including COVID-19. Existing research on the effectiveness of gloves for preventing transmission of infections might provide useful information for policy makers and healthcare workers.

In this systematic review, the authors searched for quantitative studies of healthcare workers’ use of gloves. They restricted their searches to studies published in English or Thai between 2000 and 2012. They included 18 observational studies and 5 quasi-experimental studies.

What was found: Wearing gloves reduced bacteria on healthcare workers’ hands, but did not provide complete protection.

Contamination of gloves through routine patient care was common, for example by touching the environment in the patient’s room or touching the patient.

More than half (61%) of healthcare workers used gloves appropriately, but gloves were often overused or misused and inappropriate use of gloves was associated with poorer hand hygiene.

Education and training programs may be effective at improving correct glove use and hand hygiene.


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